Bravery. Honor. Sacrifice. These are more than mere words to trained Marine sniper Nathan McBride. He’s never backed away from danger, and he’s not about to start now, even if it means confronting the cold-blooded interrogator who tortured him to the brink of death more than a decade ago.
When a mutilated body is discovered in a remote Utah lake, it ignites a chain of events that forces Nathan to face a dark chapter from a past he’s worked hard to forget. Could his Nicaraguan enemy be active again? On American soil? The evidence is clear, but the stakes are higher than Nathan can know. In a showdown that will test Nathan’s understanding of justice and mercy, he’ll have to make a life or death decision that has the potential to expose and destroy people at the highest levels of government.
©2011 Andrew Peterson (P)2011 Audible, Inc.
"An absolutely bone-chilling thriller. Equal parts Stephen Hunter and Thomas Harris. Imagine Bob Lee Swagger going after Hannibal Lecter and you will have only scratched the surface of this intensely exciting novel. Forced To Kill will haunt you long after you read its last brilliantly plotted page." (Brad Thor)
I enjoy counter-terrorism, westerns, historical fiction, detective mysteries, and old school comedy like "A Christmas Story".
The story was good. The technical military stuff e.g. "halo" jump, night ops, military hardware was great. The political stuff was very enjoyable. But the narration was often distracting. Dick Hill has a challenge when it is time to transition to the 4 female characters. It is so weak that it is just plain distracting from the story. His handling of female voices sounds "corny", contrived, almost comical. I liked Dick Hill in some past counter terrorism audio books but I guess they had no or few female characters. I loved the military, political, inter governmental agency politics and the overall theme of protecting our country even if extreme measures are sometimes needed. Dick needs to have a female SO stand in for him on the female parts.
More exciting than the first in the series. Harvey and Nathan are a good team. Still reminds me of Reacher (a good thing.) I hope in the next book (I assume there will be a next one) Nathan's obsession for revenge has been satisfied.
Sorry Andrew, Dick Hill cost you a star. I have done the past several Reachers on Nook and I agreed to give Dick one more chance after reading the first Nathan book on Nook. He made Harve sound just like the Venezuelan arch-villain, though Harve looks 'vaguely hispanic' and was a U.S. Marine 25 years prior. He made Holly sound like a trembling schoolgirl at times when she's running an FBI office. This cost the review a star. I highly recommend both of your novels as books or Nooks. Mr. Hill got into narration when it was easy-to-get work for second-rate scenery-chewers. I completely understand your need to stand by him and that, for a new author, it was good to get someone with so many credits...but have George Guidall or Richard Ferrone read just one chapter of whatever you are working on and you'll see the light. Until then, I am buying everything you do anyway, so, no loss; but it'll be on some kind of page. Readers, please do support Andrew and if you like Dick Hill then this is 4 stars. I have over 470 titles here and nothing against Dick Hill except his work on Audible titles.
As I quite liked the first book about Nathan McBride, I couldn't wait to get started on this one. I actually pushed back quite a lot of other books in my reading list to get going.
Nathan is still damaged goods, and still a very, very interesting main character. You get even more insight into the guy in this book, and you get more of the story just hinted about in the first book.
You also get to know the other characters better...and you get to meet a few new interesting people...and one baaaaaaaaad baddie.
This thriller is rather intense, so if you have a weak stomach this might not be for you. Tales of torture and sadism has a centre stage in this one...
If you like thrillers, the books about Nathan McBride should certainly occupy a place on your shelfs...recommended.
I don't know what to criticize more the narrator or the author. I'll start with the author. Anyone who reads thrillers these days knows that torture is a recurring theme. Most of the good authors describe enough torture to give the reader something to think about in a very complicated means/end question. Andrew Peterson went so far over the top in describing torture and at the end of the book rationalizing the worst kind of torture imaginable that it made an otherwise average story almost unreadable. While it is hard to imagine anything worse that almost gratuitous descriptions of torture, Dick Hill's narration came close. The narration was so bad it is hard to find the words to describe it. Imagine the tough guy accents in the worst 1930's gangster Class B movie, then double it and you have the narration in Forced to Kill. But horrible, inappropriate narration is forgivable. Horrible, inappropriate descriptions of torture is not. If you want a thoughtful treatment of torture, read Daniel Silva or the early Vince Flynn. Stay away from Forced to Kill.
This book gave insight on how Nathan became the man he is today. You also saw the scarier side of Nathan, it showed that you couldn't go through what he did and not be damaged. There was a point in the book where Nathan had a huge decision to make, in my opinion any decision he made would have been the right one. Did he make the right decision? I think he did what was right for him. The only thing I was kind of disappointed in is that I feel there is still more that needs to be worked out emotionally with his father. Maybe next book he can deal with the unresolved issues with his father. I'm glad that I have this book in my library.
I loved FIRST TO KILL, so I had high expectation when I downloaded FORCED TO KILL. Luckily, I was not disapointed by this wonderful! In the tradition of Lee Child (and read by the same actor as Child's books), this book features a hero with a hard past trying to make his way through the world and righting wrongs along the way. I loved Nathan's special forces expertise. It felt like I was following someone who knew just what he was doing. The female characters, who sometimes get short shrift in action novels, were believable and as nuanced as the men.
I can't wait to see what Nathan gets up to next!
I have read an "advance" of this story and it is just as good, if not better than Peterson's previous work, First to Kill. Now listening to Dick Hill read this sequel, he brings to life Nathan's next adventure. Especially notable, Mr. Hill's voice of the "bad guy" is not only eerie, but very believable. Cheers to Mr. Peterson for providing another fast pace and exciting story with memorable characters and a realistic plot!
If you liked Andy Peterson's First to Kill, you will find this story is nearly seamless in terms of picking up where the other story left off. It's like meeting up with friends that you've liked who are prepared to share their deepest darkest fears. How can a former Marine sniper and his partner have such fears? In the first book you get a glimmer of the possibility that Nate, scarred and brutalized by a psychopathic interrogator in Honduras who is rescued by his partner Harvey might be ready to seek revenge when in the second book he learns the interrogator might be alive and well and still up to his brutality. And for a change the narrator doesn't ruin the women in the story who are strong competent and equal to whatever is thrown their way, by using a silly voice when they speak.
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